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6:30 pm >> pelley: the clash in cleveland. trump returns fire. >> i don't, frankly, have time for total political correctness. >> pelley: also tonight, will james holmes be executed for the theater massacre? the jury has decided. we're on the scene as a typhoon batters taiwan. the environmental protection agency makes an environmental disaster even worse. and steve hartman "on the road," on a journey measured in smiles. >> i'm countin on it to be 33,000. >> reporter: 33,000? that's a pretty big goal. >> uh-huh. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: it was the biggest audience ever for a presidential primary debate.
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24 million americans tuned in last night to watch 10 republicans go at it, and the drawing card was clearly a trump. here's major garrett. >> reporter: the debate opened with donald trump refusing to rule out a third party candidacy if he does not win the republican nomination. >> i will not make pledge at this time. >> okay. >> reporter: the tone toughened from there. fox's megyn kelly pressed trump to explain his previous comments about women. >> you've called women you don't like, "fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals." your twitter account-- >> only rosie o'donnell. ( cheers and applause ) i don't, frankly, have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time, either. what i say is what i say. and, honestly, megyn, if you don't like it, i'm sorry. i've been very nice to you, although i could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me.
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but i wouldn't do that. >> reporter: yes, actually, he would. trump later posted on twitter: ask he retweeted a follower who brandted kelly a bimbo. trump spoke for more than 11 candidate. and others, including former florida governor jeb bush were also asked about him. >> a story appeared today quoting an anonymous g.o.p. donor saying you called trump a clown and a buffoon and other things that cannot be repeated on television. >> that is not true but i have said mr. trump's language is divisive. >> reporter: a forum was held for those candidates polling too low to participate in the main event. former business executive carly fiorina food of stood out from the group of set of most. today in atlanta, she, too, weighed in on trump. >> anybody who paints with a broad brush, calls people names, it's not helpful to our political process.
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it's really not helpful. and i don't think those comments are appropriate. >> reporter: in another clash, kentucky ?airt rand paul and new jersey governor chris christie debated governor surveillance and terrorism investigations. >> i want to collect more records from terrorists but lesrecords from innocent americans. ( applause ) the fourth amendment was what we fought the revolution over. >> reporter:. >> that's a completely ridiculous answer. how are you supposed to-- >> use the fourth amendment. get a warrant. >> listen, senator, you know when you're sitting in a subcommittee just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that. >> reporter: wisconsin governor scott walker steered clear of trump and focused instead on the leading democratic candidate, hillary clinton. >> it's sad to think right now, but probably the russian and chinese government know more about hillary clinton's e-mail server than do the members of the united states congress. >> reporter: florida senator marco rubio also invoked clinton, arguing he knows more about middle class hardships. >> if i'm our nominee, how is hillary clinton going to lecture
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me about living paycheck to paycheck ?ifs raised paycheck to paycheck. >> reporter: one republican presidential candidate had kind words for donald trump. ohio governor john kasich said the billionaire businessman is hitting a nerve in this country and kasich added those who want to tune trump out are in his words making a mistake. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. and you know john dickerson as our cbs news political director, and the anchor of "face the nation." john, donald trump was the front-runner going in to the debate. where is he now? >> well, we don't quite know. it's been tricky measuring the weather patterns in the summer of trump. so far, when he's said things that party strategists have thought would hurt him, he's gone up in the polls. and last night, he was confrontational and bombastic, behaving basically in a way no successful candidate ever has. but some people find that appeal. so zeal to wait for the polls to see if his combative performance hurts him among republicans. what we can say is that it almost certainly did not help
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trump with his big challenge, which is lowering the negative feeling, scott, that voters voters have electorate. >> pelley: and who else stood out, in your estimation? >> senator marco rubio, governor john kasich of ohio, governor chris christie of new jersey, all gave sharp and commanding answers that weren't just substantively interesting but they showed either passion or deftness. this wasn't really a debate with any big gaffes. almost every candidate had one good answer, at least, but there was so much action that some candidates like jeb bush and scott walker seemed to fade. their answers weren't bad, but they just didn't match their colleagues who were being peppery and passionate. >> pelley: for my money, scott walker had the line of the night saying the russians and chinese probably know more about hillary clinton's e-mails than the u.s. government was. >> that was notable because it was the one line that cannot come from his usual stump speech. it was a piece of candy he cooked up just for the night. >> pelley: and what does last
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night mean to hillary clinton? >> for hillary clinton, she hopes that republicans spend their time beating up on each other. there were some attacks on her, but not as many as you might have expected. if these competitions go on among republicans, maybe she'll get a few days where she can get her own message out. >> pelley: john dickerson, anchor of "face the nation." thanks very much. and john's guests this sunday on "face" will of bernie sanders and republican ben carson. the jury has decided whether james holmes must die for the colorado movie theater massacre. mark strassmann is at the courthouse for us tonight tonight. mark. >> reporter: scott, some victims' relatives are already sitting in the courtroom gallery to hear the penalty verdict in 25 minutes or so, the jury will file in to deliver it. this moment caps a 15-week trial now in its third and final phase. phase one, holmes is found guilty. phase, two the jury decided that his mental illness was not a mitigating factor.
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whether he gets the death penalty or spends the rest of his life behind bars is where we are now. for the jury to find a death unanimous. and each juror has been asked to make a moral decision. i spoke with a woman today named sandy phillips. her daughter jessica was one of the 12 people killed. she told me whatever the jury decides she will be content because either way, scott, holmes will die in prison. >> pelley: an american base that houses some u.s. special forces troops has been attacked in afghanistan. our national security correspondent david martin says there are casualties, but we don't even americans were hurt. it's been a violent day in the afghan capital. kabul awoke to a truck bomb which killed 15 and wounded 250, and then later, 20 cadets died in the bombing of a police academy. a key democratic senator and ally of the president says he
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will vote no on mr. obama's deal to limit iran's nuclear program. nancy cordes on what this means. >> how can we compare the two sides? >> reporter: new york senator chuck schumer is next in line to be democratic leader. the president's top emissary in the senate. but he's also the most prominent jewish member of congress and a fierce supporter of israel. and that's the side that won out thursday when schumer announced that he must oppose the agreement with iran because of its serious weaknesses. lifting sanctions on iran, schumer wrote, would leave it stronger financially and better able to carry out terrorist actions in israel, syria, and other middle eastern countries. white house press secretary josh earnest said schumer might pay a price for that position. >> i certainly wouldn't be surprised if there are individual members of the senate democratic caucus that will consider the voting record of those who say they would like to
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lead the caucus. >> reporter: congress votes on the deal next month, and things don't look good for the white house. though, house minority leader nancy pelosi said even democrats who vote against the deal might veto. >> more and more of them have there to sustain the veto. >> reporter: the normally downplay his opposition. he held no press conference. he turned down interviews and hereleased his statement, scott, at 10:00 last night, when entire political world was focused on the g.o.p. debate. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. thanks. tonight, taiwan is getting slammed by a typhoon, and some parts may get two and a half feet of rain. the capital, taipei, is locked down, and that's where we signed seth. >> reporter: the wind is really whipping here as had this typhoon batters taiwan. the streets are mostly empty.
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sometimes we heard sirens from emergency vehicles. the mayor of taipei has encouraged people to stay indoors as we start to feel 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts from the outer bands of this scorm. the view from the international space station shows the size and strength of the typhoon. the storm, equivalent to a category three hurricane, has sustained winds of more than 120 miles per hour with hurricane-force winds extending 50 miles from its center. huge waves pounded the coast as most powerful storm to threaten taiwan in years approached. police protectively blocked off ocean walkways and some roads and fishermen moved their boats into port. authorities evacuated hundreds from their homes. earlier this week, the typhoon left a trail of destruction in saipan, a u.s. territory. some residents there are still without water or electricity. at one point, the storm
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intensified into a super typhoon, the strongest on the planet so far this year. in taipei, a city of seven million, residents prepared by taping windows and some questioned whether skyscrapers here can withstand the high winds. one of the real concerns now is rain. the scott, they've already received around 30 inches of rain in the mountains, so the threat of landslides is real. >> pelley: seth doane in the gathering storm this evening. setion, thank you. in troy, alabama last night, a tornado tore the roof off a walmart. merchandise flew everywhere. six injuries, none serious. more employers are hanging out the "help wanted" sign. 215,000 jobs were created in july the unemployment rate held at 5.3%. steady job growth is encouraging the federal reserve to inch up interest rates, make as soon as next month. but we also noticed this-- the
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unemployment rate for black teenager males is more than 30%, nearly twice as high as for white teens. michelle miller tells us that relieving black unemployment is part of the healing process in ferguson, missouri, one year now ampt fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer reignited an enduring national debate. >> what do you think worth ethic means? >> reporter: adrian shropshire had no formal experience teaching young people how to find work. >> dependability, accountability, and trustworthiness. >> reporter: but after seeing his town torn apart in the wake of michael brown's death last year, the ferguson resident and football coach decided he needed to help tackle the problems in his community. in ferguson, black households earn 40% less than whites, and african american men here face a staggering 23% unemployment rate.
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what is the key thing these young people need? >> i see they need education. i see they need mentorship. in the hood, these guys are from the hood, from the city, from the heart, where the shooting's going on. >> reporter: so with almost no funding, shropshire launched jobs and more, a training program that links under-served youth with employers. 15 young adults have joined the program since it launched in june. four have found jobs. >> and this is part of survival, coming in to jobs and more and working with us. we're like a first aid kit. >> reporter: michael polk is one of shropshire's students. after two weeks in the program, he's learning construction and working part time at a dollar store. >> everybody needs a mentor, especially at my age, to keep you from doing the wrong thing and put you on the right track of doing things. he will be that backup dad, you know. say, hey, this is what you gotta
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get out here. you gotta put in dependability, accountability, trustworthy. >> reporter: shropshire isn't alone. initiatives like ferguson 1,000 connect business and community leaders to job seekers, and youth build, which connects young volunteers with mentors, like shropshire. >> everything goes together with proper training and education. >> reporter: helping to build a stronger community one step at a time. michelle miller, cbs news, ferguson. >> pelley: orange is the new blue after a toxic spill. a jet catches fire just before takeoff. and we'll remember when rock was young when the cbs evening news continues. my heart beats 100,000 times a day sending oxygen to my muscles. again! so i can lift even the most demanding weights. take care of all your most important parts with centrum. now with our most vitamin d three ever.
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>> pelley: in colorado, a crew working for the environmental protection agency accidentally
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released a million gallons of toxic sludge into a river. here's mireya villarreal. >> reporter: this is what the animas river in southern colorado looks like just 48 hours after an e.p.a. crew knocked out a plug that was holding back waste water from an old closed down gold mine. the images from the ground and from the sky up in orange river have durango residents like joe genualdi, worried. >> it's already hard enough to catch fish and this stuff is definitely not going to help. >> reporter: the e.p.a. takes full responsibility for the contamination. testing confirmed this afternoon that heavy metals, like lead, cadmium, and arsenic, are now flowing through the river and sediment is settling at the bottom. in geochemistry for the arlington. he says the impact of this kind of spill goes way beyond just the look of the river. >> all of these metals are, in
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excessive amounts, are dangerous for human life. >> reporter: the animas river runs 126 miles and is one of the sources of drinking water for towns surrounding it. basu says there are several ways to try to fix the problem, but the easiest might be letting the fast-flowing river run its course. >> delusion is the solution in a case like this. >> reporter: since the leak has not yet been plugged up, the e.p.a. has decided to build retention ponds around the gold mine. scott, at this point, they're just trying to capture whatever contaminated water they can that is coming out right now. >> pelley: mireya villarreal reporting from dallas tonight. thank you. steve hartman is coming up with can the on the road," but next vladimir putin starts a food
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a little boy with enormous power, the power to lift spirits. here's steve hartman "on the road"." >> reporter: it is every kid's worst nightmare-- and six-year-old jayden hayes has lived it, twice. first he lost his dad when he was four, then last month, his mom died unexpectedly in her sleep. >> i tried and i tried. i tried to get her weak, couldn't. >> reporter: jayden is understandablyunderstandably heartbroken. >> anybody can die, just anybody. >> reporter: but there's another side to his grief, a side he first made public a few weeks ago when he told his aunt and now guardian, barbara dicola, that he was sick and tired of seeing everyone sad all time, and he had a plan to fix it. >> and that was the beginning of it. that's where the adventure began. >> reporter: jayden asked his aunt barbara to 53 a bunch of little toys and bring them here
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to downtown savanah, georgia, near where he lives. >> you want me to have it? >> reporter: so he could give them away. >> thank you, man. >> reporter: what is it you're doing? >> well, i'm trying to make people smile. bubber duckies, dinosaurs. >> reporter: because those are the things that make people smile. >> yeah! >> reporter: and what happens to their face? really? really. >> see that man right there? >> reporter: jayden targets people who aren't already smiling and then turns their day around. >> you made me smile. >> reporter: he's gone out on four different occasions now, and he's always successful. >> it's to make you smile. >> reporter: even if sometimes he doesn't get exactly the reaction he was hoping for. it is just so overwhelming to some people that a six-year-old orphan would give away a toy, expecting nothing in return except a smile. of course, he is paid handsomely in hugs. and his aunt says he's reactions have done wonders for jayden. >> it's like sheer joy came out of this child, and the more
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people that he made smile, the more this light shone. >> reporter: jadein says that's mostly true. >> but i'm still sad that my mom >> reporter: i bet you are. >> reporter: this is by no means a fix, but in the smiles he's made so far, nearly 500 at last count, jayden has clearly found a purpose. >> i'm counting on it to be 33,000. >> reporter: 33,000? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: that's a pretty >> uh-huh. >> reporter: do you think you can make that goal? >> i think i can. >> reporter: i think he just did. steve hartman, "on the road,"" in savanah, georgia. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
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